Patents Examined by Michael A. Lyons
  • Patent number: 11567177
    Abstract: A phased array lidar includes: a laser generator (100) configured to generate original laser; an optical transmitting medium (400); an optical splitting apparatus (200) coupled to the laser generator (100) through the optical transmitting medium (400); the optical splitting apparatus (200) including a device configured to receive the original laser; and Z radiation units (300), each being respectively coupled to the optical splitting apparatus (200), where Z is a natural number greater than 1. The optical splitting apparatus (200) is configured to split the original laser into Z first optical signals, and send each of the Z first optical signals respectively to the radiation units (300), so that electromagnetic waves radiated by all of the radiation units (300) are combined into a beam of radar waves. The laser generator (100), the device, and the optical transmitting medium (400) are made of a material capable of transmitting laser having power greater than a set power value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Yalin Ren
  • Patent number: 11555811
    Abstract: An integrated rapid non-destructive detection system for multi-index of meat quality comprises a spectrometer for obtaining near-infrared spectra of a sample; an industrial tablet computer, comprising: a model embedding module for storing multiple prediction models; a model determining module connected with model embedding module and configured to call prediction model; an index prediction module connected with spectrometer and model determining module for receiving near-infrared spectra and predicting index data of the sample combining with called prediction model; wherein the number of detector elements of spectrometer is determined by an ultimate minimal resolution, and a resolution of the sample is controlled to the ultimate minimal resolution during an acquisition process; which realizes automatic black-white calibration, non-destructive detection of multi-index, improves building efficiency of model, while maintaining building stability, and optimizes detection instrument volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Dequan Zhang, Xiaochun Zheng, Li Chen, Shaobo Li, Xin Li, Chengli Hou
  • Patent number: 11549812
    Abstract: Disclosed is a Sagnac interferometer with a looped or an in-line optical fiber. The interferometer includes an hybrid integrated optical circuit having at least a first, electro-optic, substrate and a second, transparent, substrate with a common interface, the first substrate including a first optical waveguide, a second optical waveguide, the first optical waveguide and the second optical waveguide being connected to at least one end of the fiber-optic coil, and an input-output optical waveguide connected to a light source and to a detection system, the second substrate including at least one U-shaped optical waveguide and the hybrid integrated optical circuit including a planar waveguide Y-junction with a common branch and two secondary branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: IXBLUE
    Inventors: Cédric Molucon, Jérôme Hauden
  • Patent number: 11536562
    Abstract: An analysis apparatus includes an acquisition part that acquires a plurality of interference images of the object to be measured from the interference measurement apparatus, a calculation part that calculates a sine wave component and a cosine wave component of an interference signal for each pixel in the plurality of interference images, respectively, an error detection part that detects an error between a first Lissajous figure constructed on the basis of the sine wave component and the cosine wave component for each pixel and an ideal second Lissajous figure, a correction part that corrects the sine wave component and the cosine wave component for each pixel on the basis of the error, and a geometry calculation part that calculates surface geometry of the object to be measured on the basis of the corrected sine wave component and cosine wave component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corp.
    Inventor: Shimpei Matsuura
  • Patent number: 11536560
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a coherent light source; a transmission assembly configured to receive light emitted by the coherent light source, split the light into object light and reference light so that the object light and the reference light travel along different paths receive object light reflected by an object to be measured, and combine the object light reflected by the object to be measured and the reference light; and a photosensitive camera disposed at an output of the transmission assembly, and configured to receive combined light and process the combined light to record light intensity information capable of characterizing a spatial position of a surface of the object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Yuntian Zhang, Chunxu Zhang, Zhonghou Wu, Qiong Zhang, Ke Dai, Haipeng Yang, Peng Jiang
  • Patent number: 11530911
    Abstract: An optical measuring device includes: an emission device configured to emit a scanning light, of which an optical axis parallelly moves, to an object; a light receiving element configured to perform photoelectric conversion with respect to the scanning light after passing over the object; a calculation device configured to calculate, from a voltage wave obtained from time change of an electrical signal that is output by the light receiving element, a distance corresponding to a time range from a first edge with respect to a voltage value where the scanning light is not interrupted by the object and a second edge with respect to a voltage value where the scanning light is interrupted by the object, when a part of the scanning light is interrupted by the object for the time range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Imaizumi, Ichiro Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11519721
    Abstract: An optical fiber (F2) having a length defining a longitudinal direction is disclosed. The optical fiber (F2) has at least two fiber cores (C21, C22) extending along the length of the optical fiber (F2), and an optical coupling member (OCM2) is arranged at a proximal optical fiber end of the optical fiber (F2). The coupling member (OCM2) has a first distal end face (OF2) optically connected to the proximal optical fiber end, and a proximal second end face (IF2) spaced apart from the first distal end face (OF2) in the longitudinal direction of the optical fiber (F2), the optical coupling member (OCM2) being configured to couple light into each of the fiber cores (C21, C22, C23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Martinus Bernardus Van Der Mark, Anna Hendrika Van Dusschoten, Eibert Gerjan Van Putten, Gert Wim 'T Hooft
  • Patent number: 11522334
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for performing an all-phase measurement of an ultra-fast laser pulse having a spectral range of greater than one octave. The ultra-fast laser pulse may be split into a first beam comprising a fundamental light with a wavelength ?0 and a second beam comprising a light with a wavelength 2?0. The light with the wavelength 2?0 may be frequency doubled to a light with a wavelength ?0 to generate an interference with the fundamental light. Fourier transform may be performed on an interference spectrum of the interference, and a relative envelope delay (RED) between the fundamental light and the frequency doubled light and a carrier envelope phase (CEP) may be acquired based on a result of the Fourier transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Shaobo Fang, Zhiyi Wei, Pei Huang, Yitan Gao, Kun Zhao
  • Patent number: 11519712
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a common-path optical waveguide probe. The common-path optical waveguide probe includes an optical waveguide, a lens, and a reference reflector. The optical waveguide includes a proximal end and a distal end. The lens is coupled to the distal end. The reference reflector is positioned between the optical waveguide and the lens. The disclosure also provides a catheter and an optical coherence tomography system utilizing the common-path optical waveguide probe. The disclosure also provides methods of making and using the common-path optical waveguide probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, Kanwarpal Singh
  • Patent number: 11513047
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and apparatus utilizing multiple detectors to measure properties related to light scattered by particles. Characteristics of particles are determined from the measured properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Trainer
  • Patent number: 11513228
    Abstract: System and methods for Light Detecting and Ranging (LIDAR) are disclosed. The LIDAR system includes a light source that is configured project a beam at various wavelengths toward a wavelength dispersive element. The wavelength dispersive element is configured to receive the beam and direct at least a portion of the beam into a field of view (FOV) at an angle dependent on frequency. The system also includes a detector that is positioned to receive portions of the beam reflected from an object within the FOV and a processor that is configured to control the light source and determine a velocity of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Changho Chong, Masayuki Okano
  • Patent number: 11512942
    Abstract: A displacement detection device is capable of stably and accurately detecting an amount of displacement. A polarization maintaining fiber has a length not to be equal to a length obtained by dividing, a product of an integral multiple of twice a length of a resonator times a refractive index of the resonator and a beat length obtained from a difference between propagation constants of two polarization modes, by a wavelength of the light source, is selected from a range including a length equal to the above length. The polarization maintaining fiber includes multiple polarization maintaining fibers fitted to each other by removable connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Dmg Mori Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Suzuki, Masayuki Niiya, Kenji Matsushita, Terukazu Nishida, Hideaki Tamiya, Kayoko Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11506590
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a scattered light smoke detector comprising: a two-color LED for emitting light of a first wavelength and a second wavelength; a photosensor spectrally matched with said two-color LED; and a control unit connected to the two-color LED and to the photosensor. The control unit is configured to control the two-color LED to emit light of the first wavelength or the second wavelength and to detect a photosensor signal of the photosensor. The control unit is further configured to analyze the photosensor signal for a first scattered radiation intensity and a second scattered radiation intensity allocated respectively to the first wavelength and the second wavelength. There is a polarizer optically connected upstream of the photosensor or downstream of the two-color LED. The polarizer polarizes light passing through at different intensities in dependence upon the respective wavelength of said light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Bachels, Mathias Staeger
  • Patent number: 11506477
    Abstract: A system and a method for phase extraction of a multi-path interferometer, the method comprising generating a reference signal of a coherence length longer than an arm length difference of the multi-path interferometer; splitting the reference signal into a frequency shifted reference signal and an unshifted reference signal; recombining the frequency shifted reference signal and the unshifted reference signal into a polarization- and frequency-multiplexed reference signal, and feeding the polarization- and frequency-multiplexed reference signal to the multi-path interferometer; detecting frequency shifted and unshifted output signals of the multi-path interferometer; and determining the interferometer phase from the detected signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Mehedi Islam, Piotr Roztocki, Michael Kues, Christian Reimer, Bennet Fisher, Stefania Sciara, Robin Helsten, Yanbing Zhang, Yoann Jestin, Roberto Morandotti
  • Patent number: 11506478
    Abstract: A 3-D imaging system including a computer determining a plurality of coherence factors measuring an intensity contrast between a first intensity of a first region of an interference comprising constructive interference between a sample wavefront and a reference wavefront, and a second intensity of a second region of the interference comprising destructive interference between the sample wavefront and the reference wavefront, wherein the interference between a reference wavefront and a reflection from different locations on a surface of an object. From the coherence factors, the computer determines height data comprising heights of the surface with respect to an x-y plane perpendicular to the heights and as a function of the locations in the x-y plane. The height data is useful for generating a three dimensional topological image of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jian Xu, Changhuei Yang
  • Patent number: 11506495
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an injection locking RFOG are described herein. In certain embodiments, a system includes an optical resonator. The system also includes a laser source configured to launch a first laser for propagating within the optical resonator in a first direction and a second laser for propagating within the optical resonator in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction, wherein the first laser is emitted at a first launch frequency and the second laser is emitted at a second launch frequency. Moreover, the system includes at least one return path that injects a first optical feedback for the first laser and a second optical feedback for the second laser, from the optical resonator, into the laser source, wherein the first and second optical feedbacks respectively lock the first and second launch frequencies to first and second resonance frequencies of the optical resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jianfeng Wu, Karl D. Nelson, Matthew Wade Puckett, Glen A. Sanders, Lee K. Strandjord
  • Patent number: 11506616
    Abstract: An inspection system is provided for the inspection of a lateral surface of a three-dimensional test object. The inspection system includes a conveying structure; (ii) a facet mirror; and (iii) an optical inspection device. In this context, the inspection system is arranged to rotate the conveying structure and the facet mirror in a coordinated manner and in opposite directions of rotation in such a way that each of a plurality of object carriers, as they pass through an inspection area, is imaged onto the inspection device by exactly one of the facets of the facet mirror. A corresponding method for inspection is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mühlbauer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Habermann, Bertram Burkhardt, Ulf Porth
  • Patent number: 11507020
    Abstract: An optical measurement system comprises a polarization beam splitter for dividing an incident beam into a reference beam and a measurement beam, a first beam splitter for reflecting the measurement beam to form a first reflected measurement beam, a spatial light modulator for modulating the first reflected measurement beam to form a modulated measurement beam, a condenser lens for focusing the modulated measurement beam to an object to form a penetrating measurement beam, an objective lens for converting the penetrating measurement beam into a parallel measurement beam, a mirror for reflecting the parallel measurement beam to form an object beam, a second beam splitter for reflecting the reference beam to a path coincident with that of the object beam, and a camera for receiving an interference signal generated by the reference beam and the object beam to generate an image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chun Wei, Chung-Lun Kuo, Chia-Hung Cho, Chun-Wei Lo, Chih-Hsiang Liu
  • Patent number: 11499813
    Abstract: A focusing device comprises a base unit and a mirror unit which is translatable relative to the base unit parallel to an optical axis of the focusing device. The mirror unit is configured to receive incident light along the optical axis in a first direction and to reflect the incident light parallel with the optical axis in said first direction. The mirror unit comprises at least four mirrors, at least one of the mirrors being curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventor: Nicolaas Cornelis Johannes Van Der Valk
  • Patent number: 11499818
    Abstract: Example embodiments include an optical assembly for an optical interrogation system having a single core or a multicore sensing fiber, a measurement fiber to couple light into the sensing fiber, and a reference fiber arranged with the measurement fiber as part of an optical interferometer. A beam splitter combines light from the sensing fiber and with light from the reference fiber. A polarization beam splitting prism separates the combined light into first polarized light and second polarized light that is orthogonal to the first polarized light. The optical assembly can substantially reduce the size, complexity, or cost associated with the traditional optical components in an optical interrogation system that it replaces. Other example optical assemblies are described. Embodiments describe optical interrogation systems using the example optical assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Froggatt, Eric E. Sanborn, Alexander K. Sang